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Winspear Room, The Faculty Club
11435 Saskatchewan Dr NW University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G9
The Department of Women's & Gender Studies presents
The 5th Annual Valentine's Day with Feminism Lecture
Assuming the Ecosexual Position
with Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens
14 FEBRUARY 2018, 17:15 – 18:30
in the Winspear Room at the Faculty Club
Reception to follow.
Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens’ Green Wedding to the Earth in 2008 launched what the artists now consider to be their life’s work. It was there that they began using the concept of ‘ecosexuality’ to frame their art, theory, practice and activism, which is premised upon the idea of imagining the earth as a multi-gendered lover. Rather than framing the planet as a fragile mother in need of our protection – a position that actually supports rather than undermines human exceptionalism – ecosexuality figures earth as a powerful, sexy, and loving partner for humans. Through their ecosexual performances, lectures, walking tours, workshops, visual art, symposia, manifesto, films and other creative projects, Sprinkle and Stephens posit a radical relationship with environmentalism that is non-hetero-normative, and non-human centered. In “Assuming the Ecosexual Position,” Sprinkle and Stephens will document their 16-year collaboration. This Valentine’s Day presentation will be a call for queer communities, environmental activists, edgy artists, sex radicals, and others to come together and to challenge our ideas of what human sexuality and environmental activism can be.
Beth Stephens is a film maker, performance artist, activist, and Professor and Chair of the Art Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz whose work fuses feminist, queer, and environmental politics. Annie Sprinkle is an artist, sexologist, author, lecturer and educator, as well as having been a director and performer in the adult film industry and a professional photographer. In their collaborative works, Stephens and Sprinkle have made significant contributions to the fields of performance art, eco-art, queer theory, and sexuality studies. Within the field of performance art, their work models the intersections of art and life pioneered in 1970s performance art and generates important thinking by pairing historical art/life concerns with ecological justice. Within the field of eco-art, their work pushes boundaries by not falling prey to a popular environmental caretaker framework (human as steward of the natural environment), replacing this instead with their provocative take on a feminist ethics of care. Their work contributes to contemporary queer theory by taking seriously queer theory’s challenge not only to heteronormativity but homonormativity, extending agential capacities powered by eros to the ecosystem of which humans are a part.
Don't forget to bring your ticket on the 14th, whether it is a paper copy or on your phone. We will be using
tickets not only for admission but also for a door prize raffle, courtesy of the Traveling Tickle Trunk!
This Town and Gown event is funded by the Killam Distinguished Visitor fund and co-sponsored by Women’s & Gender Studies, Art & Design, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies, Feminist Energy Futures, CoLAB, femlab, and the Traveling Tickle Trunk